2021 Texas VFW Summer E-news

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SUMMER 2021

Official E-news Magazine of the Texas VFW

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INSIDE Community Highlights 2021 State Convention Legislative Update VFW Foundation OTS Highlights VFW National Convention

GRAND AWARD MAGAZINE CATEGORY

2021 NATIONAL PUBLICATIONS CONTEST

Inaugural E-news edition Live links + video throughout


ARE YOU A VETERAN EXPERIENCING:

• PTSD from Combat, post 9/11 • Traumatic Brain Injury • Word finding/memory issues (Gulf War Illness)

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR FIRST CALL: Information about the studies and compensation

UTD NEUROLAB IS CONDUCTING TREATMENT STUDIES

Phone screen to determine eligibility

TO LEARN MORE, or to see if you qualify Please contact Dr. Ellen Morris: 972.883.3171 or neurolab@utdallas.edu utdneurolab

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Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory of Memory www.utdallas.edu/memory/

Explanation of study procedures – Most studies conduct assessments, EEGs, and non-invasive brain stimulation

ALL INFORMATION IS KEPT CONFIDENTIAL


SUMMER

2021

IN THE NEWS

Legislative Update

5 State Commander’s Column 6 Community Highlights 7 75 Years of Patriotic and Public Service 8 Texas VFW Birthday 9 Community Highlights 10 L oyalty Day 12 Memorial Day 13 Legislative Update 14 Texas VFW Post 4746 holds Fundraiser 15 Dan West takes National Position/Sponsors 16 Welcome 2021-22 Officers tate Convention Highlights 17 S 18-21 S tate Convention Awards Highlights 22 All-State Posts/All-State Districts 23 Foundation Update 25 Post raises Funds for Mason County Courthouse 27 Officer Training Seminar (OTS) Highlights 28 Community Highlights 29 2021 National Convention Highlights 31 Texas VFW Membership Application 32 Post 1406, Dallas, hosts Operation Tiny House

SEE THE LATEST CALENDAR AT Texasvfw.org > News > Calendar

UPCOMING EVENTS 2022 Mid-Winter Convention, January 19-23, 2022

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2021 State Convention Highlights and Awards Ceremony

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VFW National Convention Highlights

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SIGNIFICANT EVENTS APRIL-AUGUST 2021 • Texas VFW Birthday • Loyalty Day • Memorial Day • Flag Day

Send Community Highlight stories and photos to terri@texasvfw.org for E-news and Facebook consideration. Thank you for your submissions.

ON THE COVER Norman Macey is installed as the 2021-22 State Commander at the Induction Ceremony on Saturday, June 19th, 2021, at the Choctaw Casino, Durant, Oklahoma.

• 101st State Convention • Independence Day • Officer Training Seminar • National Convention

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SERVING VETERANS SINCE 1899 What Does the Texas VFW Offer You?

Camaraderie with Fellow Veterans • Community Networking & Involvement • Remembrance Programs • Full Time Support of Today’s Service Members • Programs for Families and Youth • Full Time Watchdog on Capitol Hill and at the Texas Legislature • Free Representation in VA Claims • An Award-Winning Magazine Contributions: Letters, manuscripts, stories, materials or photographs are welcomed, but cannot be returned unless sender provides SASE. Texas VFW will not be responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photos and drawings. Submission of articles and letters implies the right to edit and publish all or in part. Please send your comments, suggestions, and ideas to: Texas VFW, PO Box 14468, Austin, Texas 78761 or email to terri@texasvfw.org. Opinions expressed herein are those of the writers and not to be construed as those of the publisher nor as official views of the Texas VFW, the National VFW or any of its agencies, unless otherwise made manifest by writers or spokespersons acting on behalf of the foregoing. Advertising of products and services herein does not imply endorsement or approval of the Texas VFW. Advertising is accepted on the premise that the merchandise and services are accurately described. Ads that contain fraudulent, deceptive or misleading statements or illustrations, or in the opinion of the Texas VFW News may be offensive, are not knowingly accepted. If you encounter noncompliance, please tell us. For information regarding: Unit reunions, general orders, taps, District meetings and other topics, please visit www.texasvfw.org. Join us on Facebook for up-to-date information, photos of VFW events and breaking news relevant to veterans. Flippable online version of this magazine is available at www.texasvfw.org/news.

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The official E-news publication of the Department of Texas, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Published four times per year (Feb., May, Aug., Nov.) by the Department of Texas, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., 8503 North IH-35, Austin, Texas 78753 Department Headquarters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (512) 834-8535 Volume 76, Number 1, © AUGUST 2021. All rights reserved. E-news is parked at: https://issuu.com/texasvfw Opt in for quarterly E-news by emailing: info@texasvfw.org Advertisers: Electronic Media Kit available at www.texasvfw.org/news, or request one from terri@texasvfw.org. Dan West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor Terri Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graphic Designer/Co-Editor Wyonda Laurence/Kim Foster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Proofreaders

2021-22 DEPARTMENT OFFICERS Commander Adjutant/Quartermaster Sr Vice Jr Vice Judge Advocate Surgeon Chaplain Chief of Staff Inspector Immediate Past Cmdr Data Mgmt Specialist Assistant Quartermaster Assistant Adjutant Deputy State Inspector Deputy State Inspector Deputy State Inspector Deputy State Inspector Deputy State Inspector Deputy State Inspector State Parliamentarian Officer of the Day

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Norman Macey Dan West Lynn Toomer Larry Sanders Keith King Jerry Greene Michael Foy Day Lupita Perez John Shipley Dick Shawver John Jowers Wayne Cooley Angel Ramirez Stephen Biehl Greg Brannan Phillip Dubois William Fuzi Roy Grona Dave Walden Steve Evans Lonnie Garza

16907 Caldwell Pointe Ct., Humble, TX 77346 8503 N IH-35, Austin, TX 78753 937 Behrens Ct., Crowley, TX 76036 PO Box 518, Lytle, TX 78052 2406 Belmeade St., Brownwood, TX 76801 10523 Ferguson Rd., Dallas, TX 75228 615 Pine View Circle, Montgomery, TX 77356 Po Box 2853, Elsa, TX 78543 905 Schuettig Rd., Poteet, TX 78065 19151 Valley Drive, Flint, TX75762 8503 N IH-35, Austin, TX 78753 8503 N IH-35, Austin, TX 78753 8503 N IH-35, Austin, TX 78753 28314 Hardin Store Road, Magnolia, TX 77354 599 Guadalupe Dr., Spring Branch, TX 78070 PO Box 901, Caldwell, TX 77836 143 Bedfords Bend, Gun Barrel City, TX 75156 2204 S. Ong St., Amarillo, TX 79109 4309 Silverhill Dr., Lago Vista, TX 78645 5504 75th Street, Lubbock, TX 79424 2555 Smokey Creek, Schertz, TX 78154

DEPARTMENT VETERANS COUNSELORS Houston — Terry “Mike” Eshenbaugh Waco — Katina Cryer

281-825-6749 254-326-8130

terry.eshenbaugh@tvc.texas.gov katina.cryer@tvc.texas.gov

2021-2022 DISTRICT COMMANDERS DISTRICT POST COMMANDER 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 24 25 28 29 30

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James Benotti Jorg Kitchen Ricky Williams, Sr. Johnny Rubio Steven Cook Todd Richardson Melvin Harper Benny Guerrero, Jr. Joe Vargas, Jr. Cathy Small Andrew Camplen Reece Carter Michael Caballero Frank Torres Loren Pogue Joel Pipes Bill Smith Manny Leal III Jack Mageluzzo Mel Parker Ray Sanchez Christopher Davis Bill Malone

ADDRESS

14 Greenleaf Dr., Trophy Club, TX 76262 311 Buckingham Dr., Port Neches, TX 77651 1320 Saturn Dr., Cedar Hill, TX 75104 23615 Stuebner Dr., Tomball, TX 77375 101 Primrose Blvd., Kyle, TX 78640 10528 County Rd. 2149, Sinton, TX 78387 4709 Oak Knoll St., Abilene, TX 79606 2705 80th St., Lubbock, TX 79423 10436 Tomwood Ave., El Paso, TX 79925 906 N. White Oak Rd., White Oak, TX 75693 PO Box 688, Boerne, TX 78006 101 Tanner Court South, Burnet, TX 78611 4410 Avenue P 1/2, Galveston, TX 77550 14715 Barryknoll Ln.-Apt. 126, Houston, TX 77079 PO Box 96, Pharr, TX 78577 1110 CR 723, Nacogdoches, TX 75964 8000 Donore Pl.-Apt. #41, San Antonio, TX 78229 7301 Tin Cup Dr., Arlington, TX 76001 1003 N. Benavides St., Port Lavaca, TX 77979 5305 Clinton Avenue, Odessa, TX 79762 1203 Ashberry Trl., Georgetown, TX 78626 262 Private Road 5245A, Mexia, TX 76667 8161 FM 2494, Athens, TX 75751


STATE COMMANDER’S COLUMN

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“A Pair of Dir ty Hands”

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(ABOVE) Commander Macey takes pictures with Post members and Texas State Guard at the 4th of July Tecolotes Dos Laredo baseball game. Over 350 free tickets were distributed to veterans and active duty. Commander Macey says hello to all who were seated in the veterans section.

HE YEAR WAS 1979. I wasn’t there, but in my mind I see it happening something like this. It was a typical Houston mid-morning summer day (in the 90’s and humid.) The man’s name was Ebert Dupree, but everyone called him “Spud.” Spud was a foreman with the Longshoreman’s Union. He was also a WWII veteran who spent his 18th birthday on a ship to Germany. He was wounded while serving in General Patton’s Third Army. On this day he was looking for a church to attend for his family. When he arrived at the Pentecostal Church on E. Mt. Houston Rd., he saw a man picking weeds in the flowerbed. When he asked to see the pastor, the man stood up. He wiped the sweat from his face and the dirt from his hands. He then reached out and shook Spud’s hand. “Hello he said, I’m Pastor Franklin Jones.” Now Franklin Garner Jones was also a veteran. He was a Navy man, a First Class Gunner who served on the USS St. Paul off the shores of Korea. Although years later both men lost their battle with cancer, they both still influenced the lives of many people. You see, I married Spud’s daughter Sharon in 1987 and my Uncle Frank became Bishop Jones. Because of his servant leadership way of life, his church now has four locations.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP: We are not elected to Rule, we are elected to serve. National Commander-In-Chief Fritz Mihelcic said at the National Convention “The Time Is Now.” I say the time is now for all of us to stand up and lead. Leadership does not reside in position but in attitude. The members of our Post, Districts, and Department must have trust and confidence in those in leadership positions. Leaders understand that communications are the vehicles for creating that trust and confidence. Remember that people want to be led. “They reject intimidation or manipulation. They want to be inspired,” said Roben Rosen. Rosen also said. “A self-serving leader who is addicted to power, recognition and who is afraid of loss of position is not likely to spend any time or effort in training (mentoring) their replacements.” Let us always remember that “The measure of a leader is not the number of followers he/she has but the number of people they serve. It’s amazing what can get done when no one cares who gets the credit.” “Now Is The Time.”

Norman J. Macey III State Commander

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Texas VFW Post 7108, Helotes The Post rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to sponsor a Steak Night Dinner fundraiser on June 4, 2021, to help support VFW Programs directed by Headquarters. A great meal and camaraderie were shared by all.

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(Left) The Post, Auxiliary and MG Unit 30 members make a donation to the Helotes Cornyval Princess and her Court August 2, 2021. The donation is part of their fundraising efforts supporting the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s “Write Start Project” which is dedicated to providing thousands of area teachers with much needed school supplies.

(Right) The Post, Auxiliary and MG Unit 30 members make donation for an Eagle Scout Project on August 10, 2021. Way to go, Helotes! You are clearly working hard in your community!

Texas VFW Post 8919 Yucca The Post holds its Installation of Officers on Saturday, May 15, 2021, in El Paso, Texas.

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VFW Post 7634, Falfurrias, celebrates 75 years of Patriotic and Public Service VFW State Senior Vice Commander Macey along with District 6 Commander Richardson presented to VFW Post 7634 Commander Carvajal at the District meeting the following award which reads: “Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, 75th Diamond Jubilee Award is presented to Lopez and Williams Post No 7634, Falfurrias, Texas, mustered June 23, 1946. In special commemoration and grateful recognition of its seventy-five years of exceptional service to the nation and its Veterans of Foreign Wars.” The City of Falfurrias and Brooks County Citizens gathered on June 19, 2021, to honor, applaud and appreciate the veterans from VFW Post 7634. For seventy-five years these veterans helped build an outstanding community where the young and old feel protected and loved. VFW Post 7634 veterans and the public celebrated this momentous achievement with fanfare. This co-existence with the public was expressed as the City of Falfurrias Mayor Justo Ramirez presented a Proclamation Honoring the Veterans and their 75th Anniversary. Congratulating VFW Post 7634 veterans were U.S. Congressman Gonzalez, Mr. Martinez, Brooks County Judge Ramos, Commissioner Williams, Police Chief Gonzalez, Veterans and citizens from the community. Ms. Lourdes Trevino Cantu, representing the Falfurrias Historical Museum, gave a history and stood tall in support of the community and for the Post being a home for veterans. Family members, whose parents or the veteran in their families passed years ago were also recognized.

Three original members who assisted with the recruitment, establishment and leadership roles were present at the Post hall for the official ceremony. They were Amancio Garza, WWII Veteran; and Salvador Gonzalez and Raul Perez, Korean Veterans. Unable to attend was WWII Veteran Leopoldo Herrera at 102 years. Present at this ceremony were VFW Post 7634 Veterans who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Panama Conflict, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Bosnia, Kosovo, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Special Operations. Assisting the veterans with logistics of this special event were the Brooks County 4H Clubs, HEB, the City’s First National Bank and the Falfurrias High School Junior ROTC.

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Texas VFW

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Texas VFW Post 2427, Tomball

Members and Auxiliary celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Texas VFW on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, with a birthday cake.

Texas VFW Post 6008, Hewitt Members celebrate the 100th anniversary of Texas VFW with birthday cake. Pictured are Auxiliary President Kimberly P. White and Auxiliary Sr Vice Commander Ann Deleon.

Texas VFW Post 9022, Dumas Members gather at the Post on a chilly Saturday to have a cookout and celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Texas VFW.

Texas VFW Post 4709, Conroe The Post celebrates Texas VFW’s 100th birthday with an historical reading and a birthday cake exchange from oldest to youngest.

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Texas VFW Post 3903, Rosenberg Members and Auxiliary celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Texas VFW.


Texas VFW Post 9170, Beeville Post and Auxiliary members, the community as well as family members of WWII Veteran Sir Ollie Morris help celebrate his 100th Birthday. Songs from the 1940s were played in the background along with video of WWII Bombers. Sir Ollie holds the Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Legion of Merit for his service during World War II. He was knighted when he received the French Legion of Merit award. Happy Birthday, Ollie!

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LOYALTY DAY M AY 1

Texas VFW Post 8800, Canyon Lake Comrades Sanders, Mets, Teel, Sartor, and Schultz met in the Post hall to celebrate Loyalty Day.

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Texas VFW Post 8904, Center Members remember Loyalty Day at the Senior Nutrition Center in Center, Texas. Post Quartermaster gave the significance of the day followed by the changing of the U.S. Flag that has flown for one year. With new flag in place those in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Texas VFW Post 7109, Pearland Post Commander Shawn Coe along with two other members, Trustee and Chairman of the VFWMG #16, and Post Adjutant Allen remember Loyalty Day.

Texas VFW Post 5875, Weimer Texas VFW Post 4149, Midland Members hung out and talked about Loyalty Day and enjoyed each other’s company.

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Post 4146 Commander Andy Rosalez observes Loyalty Day origination with VFW members. The event was held April 24, 2021, in Victoria, Texas. Post 5875 Commander Frank White, Quartermaster Raymond Adams, and Senior Vice Jerry Tanner participated in the event.


Andrew Camplen for

Texas VFW State Jr. Vice Commander 2022-23

ANDREW CAMPLEN

Comrade Camplen is a Gold Legacy Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He earned his eligibility by serving in Desert Shield and Desert Storm while assigned to the USAF 53rd Tactical Fighter Squadron. He is a recipient of the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze service stars, the Kuwait Liberation Medal–Saudi Arabia, the Kuwait Liberation Medal– Kuwait, and various other medals.

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Jr. Vice Commander 2013-2014 Post Commander Pvt. Bruno Phillip VFW Post 688, Boerne, Texas (7 terms)

DISTRICT

District 13 Commander (3 terms)

DEPARTMENT

State Assistant Adjutant All-State Post Commander (6 awards) All State District Commander (2 awards) Mack Johnson Award Recipient

NATIONAL

Century Recruiter Award All American Post Commander (5 awards) All American District Commander (2 awards) National Aide-De-Camp (3 times) National Programs Committee Member National Programs Award Recipient Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children

MILITARY APPOINTMENTS

Honorary Commander USAF 433rd Military Airlift Wing Key Spouse USAF 433rd Medical Squadron After his service in the United States Air Force, Andrew served the citizens of San Antonio as a San Antonio Police Officer for almost 25 years. He spent the last 12 years of his career with SAPD as a Violent Crimes Detective on the Robbery Task Force. He exemplifies selflessness and service to others. His achievements, moral character, integrity, and leadership from the front, make him uniquely qualified to serve as State Jr. Vice Commander for the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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TRANSPARENCY H EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY H SERVICE ABOVE SELF

Leadership from the Front


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Texas VFW Post 2010, Cameron Post 2110 hosts a Memorial Day ceremony with the local high school band. C.H. Yoe High School read names from the monument. There were approximately 130 in the audience who came to pay respects.

Texas VFW Post 12171, San Antonio Members appreciate and celebrate Memorial Day by honoring their brothers and sisters who died while serving in the U.S. military.

Texas VFW Post 8904, Center The Post holds a Memorial Day program on the grounds of the Historic 1885 Courthouse. The individual who placed the wreath is 92 year old John Piersol, a past Post 8904 Commander, and proud U.S. Army Korean War Veteran.

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Texas VFW Post 812, El Paso Members, Auxiliary, Officers and families place flags on graves at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery on May 28, 2021, to honor Memorial Day. The Post decorated the largest section in the cemetery then decorated another medium-sized section adjacent to it. They returned to retrieve the flags and holders on June 1, 2021.

Texas VFW Post 12178, Weslaco Members participate in five different Memorial Day remembrances starting Thursday, May 27, 2021, and ending on Memorial Day at the State Veterans Cemetery in Mission, Texas.


THE TEXAS VFW is fully engaged in our advocacy efforts and the National and State level. The Regular Session of the 87th Texas Legislature ended on May 31, 2021. Since the end of the Regular Session, Governor Greg Abbott called two Special Legislative Sessions. The Second Special Session began on August 7, 2021 and includes 17 items identified by Governor Abbott as his legislative priorities, including a proposed constitutional amendment that must be approved by voters in November that will eliminate the current quorum requirement that 2/3 of members of the Senate or House must be present for the body to conduct business. If the proposed Constitutional Amendment passes both Houses (2/3 majority vote required) and is signed by the Governor and approved by the voters, a simple majority will be the new quorum requirement. During the Regular Session, the Texas VFW was invited, asked, or testified on our own initiative on more than 30 bills that were filed, including our two bills, Senate Bill (SB) 989 and SB 1493, which would have prevented closure of our Posts due to future emergency orders of the Governor. These bills were heard in a hearing of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on the floor of the Texas Senate on April 20, 2021. There was a strong presence of more than 50 comrades from across Texas at the Capitol as State Commander Dick Shawver and I testified. Although the bills did not get a vote out of committee, we did make our case strongly that the Texas VFW is essential to the State of Texas and the communities we serve during our testimony and throughout our constant presence at the Capitol during the Regular Session. We also were honored by Resolutions in the Senate and House of Representatives honoring the 100th Birthday of the Texas VFW. The Department of Texas was chartered on April 21, 1921. Senate Resolution (SR 353), authored by State Senator Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio and signed by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and all

31 Texas Senators, honored this occasion on the floor of the Senate on May 11, 2021. State Representative Donna Howard of Austin authored a resolution honoring the Texas VFW in the House of Representatives. Of the more than 30 bills on which we testified in Senate and House Committees, 17 were signed into law by the Governor. These bills included a broad range of issues related to Veterans transition to civilian sector employment and apprenticeships, professional licenses for Veterans and military spouses. Other important bills were property tax exemption for surviving spouses of service members killed in the line of duty, and mental health, including a bill related to a study of alternative treatment for PTSD, etc. Highlights include SB 4, authored by State Senator Dawn Buckingham of Lakeway. We were invited by the Senate State Affairs Committee and Senator Buckingham to testify on SB 4, which requires the National Anthem to be played at all professional sports events in Texas, if the team receives any public money from any level of government. SB 792, authored by State Senator Donna Campbell of New Braunfels, requires a handicapped placard or handicapped symbol on a license plate for handicapped parking effective January 1, 2022. Disabled Veteran plates alone (without the handicapped placard or symbol on the plate) will longer be enough to legally park in a handicapped spot with the new law. Our testimony on these bills solidified what we already know: the Texas VFW is the preeminent Veterans Service Organization in the Texas. Since the end of the Regular Session and during the Special Sessions, the Texas VFW continues to advocate for our interests in the public and private sector, including meetings of the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC), Texas Lottery Commission (TLC) and the Bingo Advisory Committee of the TLC and senior leaders of these agencies, as well as members of Congress.

LEGISLATIVE Update

By Mitch Fuller, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs

State Senator Kelly Hancock (left) of North Richland Hills is the new Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Border Security Committee.

Mitch Fuller (left) stands with Chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission, Robert Rivera (right) who is appointed the Chairman of the Lottery Commission by the Governor.

Mitch Fuller

State Senator Sarah Eckhardt of Austin (left), Mitch Fuller (center) and State Senator Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio (right). Senator Gutierrez authored Senate Resolution (SR) 353, which honored the 100th Birthday of the Texas VFW, during the Regular Legislative Session.

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Post 4746, Weatherford, Coordinates Fundraiser for Youth Programs POST COMRADES, AUXILIARY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE POST coordinate a Fundraising Fish Fry and Car Show to raise funds for its Youth and Education Programs. Commander Terry Weatherly, Comrade Marc Sexton, Post Adjutant/Service Officer Maria Sexton, Auxiliary Trustees Will Glock and Aimee Johnson, Auxiliary Chaplain and Auxiliary member Melissa Young and friend of the Post Connie Williams served over 90 plates of delicious fish, fries, coleslaw and hush puppies to the community. Our special guests in attendance were two Gold Star Families and our District 21 Commander Manny Leal & District 21 Auxiliary President Lori Beltram and their families.

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ANNOUNCEMENT We will follow up with Dan and his new position and provide a proper send off in the Fall Issue of the Texas VFW E-news. Stay tuned to this space.

Dan West will resign as State Adjutant and Quartermaster effective August 31, 2021, to take a position as the National Adjutant General at the National Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. He is currently training Lupita Perez to take over the duties of Pro Tem State Adjutant and Quartermaster.

Let’s welcome Lupita Perez to the Texas VFW Headquarters and wish her well during this very important transition.

2 0 2 1-2 2 S P O N S O R S as of September 1, 2021

Interested in Texas VFW Sponsorship? There are varying levels of brand awareness at conventions, E-news and on social media. Download the 2021-22 Sponsor Packet at: https://www.texasvfw.org/news

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2020-21 STATE OFFICERS State Commander Norman Macey State Senior Vice Commander Lynn Toomer State Junior Vice Commander Larry Sanders Adjutant/Quartermaster Dan West (until 8-31-21)

Read bios of each Officer HERE

Judge Advocate Keith King Surgeon Jerry Greene Chaplain Michael Foy Day Chief of Staff Lupita Perez State Inspector John E. Shipley Immediate Past Commander Richard “Dick” Shawver National Council Member Dan West

Deputy State Inspectors Stephen Biehl Greg Brannan Phillip Dubois Officer of the Day Lonnie Garza Deputy State Inspectors William Fuzi Roy Grona Dave Walden

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June 16-20, 2021

Choctaw Resort & Casino | Durant, Oklahoma At the final Council of Administration meeting for the 2020-2021 year, outgoing State Commander Dick Shawver recognized the entire Department for its outstanding performance under the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic and Emergency Orders issued by the Governor, which led to closure of our Posts. State Commander Shawver also lauded VFW leaders throughout Texas for their advocacy efforts during the 2021 Session of the Texas Legislature and perseverance and dedication under challenging conditions. Prior to the joint opening ceremonies and throughout the Convention, attendees had the opportunity to purchase Texas VFW branded merchandise at the Texas VFW Store and from several vendors/sponsors: CapTel from Team Mobile, CaptionCall, Combat Boots Jewelry, Honor Audiology, Humana, Lone Survivor Foundation, Military Order of the Cootie, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage, Serenity Veterans Villages, Texas VFW Motorcycle Group, U.S. Veterans Service Dogs, VFW National Home, and V-Sweeps. The Texas VFW is grateful to all the vendors/sponsors who were present at the Convention. The Joint Memorial and Joint Opening were emotional and a huge success and welcome for all participants as these events did not take place at the 2020 Texas VFW State Convention due to very stringent COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.

Following the Business Meetings that included reports from Committee Chairs, individual recruiting awards, and nominations for State Leadership positions, the Awards Banquet was held on June 18, 2021. State level awards were presented at the banquet and highlights included the presentation of the J.T. Rutherford Award, the highest honor in the Texas VFW, to Comrades Ben Lowrance, William Smith, and Eddie Terry. Nominations and elections were held on June 19, 2021, with Norman Macey of Post 4816 in Porter, District 17, being elected to lead the Texas VFW as the State Commander for the 2021-2022 year. Elected to the following State positions were: Senior Vice Commander — Lynn Toomer; Junior Vice Commander — Larry Sanders; Quartermaster — Dan West; Judge Advocate — Keith King; Surgeon — Gerard “Jerry” Greene; Chaplain — Foy Day. At the VFW and VFW Auxiliary Joint Officer Installation Ceremony, State Commander Norman Macey announced his appointments and thanked his family and Posts who helped him in his VFW career. State Commander Macey extended his concern that all members travel home safely and protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus. He expressed his enthusiasm for a great 2021-22 and his motto “Build, Bridge, Belong.”

Watch a short clip of Convention Check in HERE

CONVENTION PHOTO GALLERY HERE

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Award Winners Danny R. Henry Award

Outstanding Post Commander, Joseph W. Campbell, Post 10454 Grapevine, District 21

Glen M. Gardner, Jr. Award

Outstanding Post Quartermaster, Phillip DuBois, Post 4692 Bryan, District 17

William B. Moody Award DANNY HENRY AWARD | JOSEPH W. CAMPBELL

Outstanding Chaplain, Quenten G. Goldstein, Post 10454 Grapevine, District 21

Outstanding Post Service Officer Award

Cindy S. Unerfusser, Post 2772, Sherman, District 1

Barbara Hoffman Award

Outstanding Auxiliary Member, Denise DuBois Auxiliary with Post 4692, Bryan, District 17

Past District Commander Award

Randall E. Johnston, Post 4376, Seven Points, District 30

Past State Commander Award

Robert L. LaFleur, Post 2775, Orange, District 2

Tiger Lyons POW/MIA Post Level Award VFW Post 8273, Frisco, District 1

GLEN M. GARDNER, JR. AWARD | PHILLIP DUBOIS

State Commander Special Recognition Award

Melanie Kretzschmar, Quartermaster, Post 1922, Gainesville, District 1 Auxiliary Members from VFW Post 10454, Grapevine, District 21 Kelly Langdon, Auxiliary President & Tara Robbins, Auxiliary Treasurer

WILLIAM B. MOODY AWARD | QUENTEN G. GOLDSTEIN OUTSTANDING POST SERVICE OFFICER | CINDY S. UNERFUSSER 18

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BARBARA HOFFMAN AWARD | DENISE DUBOIS

IMMEDIATE PAST DISTRICT CMDR | RANDALL E. JOHNSTON

PAST STATE COMMANDER AWARD | ROBERT L. LAFLEUR

TIGER LYONS POW/MIA POST LEVEL AWARD DOWNLOAD YOUR AWARDS PHOTO HERE

STATE COMMANDER SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS MELANIE KRETZSCHMAR Post 1922, Gainesville, District 1 (left photo) AUXILIARY MEMBERS FROM VFW POST 10454 Grapevine, District 21 (not pictured)

Accepting for Melanie Kretzschmar is Katie Baillio.

KELLY LANGDON Auxiliary President TARA ROBBINS Auxiliary Treasurer (right photo)

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Award Winners

Mack Johnson Award*

William Fuzi, District 30, Post 4376 Andrew Camplen, Post 688, Boerne, District 13 Robert L. LaFleur, Post 2775,Orange, District 2 Gregory P. Brannan, Post 812, El Paso, District 10 *Formerly known as District Honor Roll this award recognizes District Commanders who during their tenure as a District Commander have all Posts in their District attain 100% and is named after Mack Johnson former member and Past State Chaplain.

J. T. Rutherford Awards William E. Smith, Post 8541, San Antonio, District 20 Ben Lowrance, Post 1475, Amarillo, District 9 Eddie L. Terry, Post 10429, Benbrook, District 21

Special Recognition Awards for Outstanding Support of the Texas VFW Foundation VFW District 17 VFW Post 3892, Harker Heights, District 14 Tie: Post 8905 Auxiliary, Cypress, District 4 Post 9182 Auxiliary, Katy, District 17

Scout of the Year for 2020-2021 Kyna M. McGill, Girl Scout Troop 127007, Katy Sponsored by VFW Post 9182, Katy, District 17

Community Service Post Award VFW Post 812, El Paso, District 10

Buddy Poppy Awards MACK JOHNSON AWARDS

Category 1 (Public Promotion of Poppy Campaign) 1st Place, Post 8878, Wichita Falls Accepted by District 15 President Annie Nickerson Category 2 (Memorial or Inspirational Displays) 1st Place, Post 5074, Roanoke Accepted by Robert Rouse Category 3 (Artistic or Decorative Use of Poppies) 1st Place, Post 6378, Dickinson Accepted by District 16 President Reba Carlson

National VFW Publications Grand Award

Texas VFW News – 12th year in a row Editor: Dan West; Graphic Designer: Terri Sheets

J.T. RUTHERFORD AWARDS

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Continue to send your District and Post community service photos and write ups to terri@texasvfw.org for publication in E-news magazine and Facebook. DOWNLOAD YOUR AWARDS PHOTO HERE

GRAND AWARD MAGAZINE CATEGORY

2021 NATIONAL PUBLICATIONS CONTEST


1ST PLACE, POST 8878 | WICHITA FALLS

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS | DISTRICT 17

1ST PLACE, POST 5074 | ROANOKE

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS | POST 3892, HARKER HEIGHTS

1ST PLACE, POST 6378 | DICKINSON

See guests entering the Grand Ballroom for the awards banquet HERE. See a short video on the Buddy Poppy Displays HERE.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS | *TIE* POST 8905 AUXILIARY & POST 9182 AUXILIARY

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ALL-STATE

Posts

ALL-STATE

NON-DIVISION LEADERS

DIVISION LEADERS District

Post

City

Commander

District

Post

City

Commander

1

1922

Gainesville

Dennis Kretzschmar

1

5074

Roanoke

Michael Clune

1

2150

McKinney

Raymond Richardson

1

6205

Muenster

William Fisher

1

2195

Allen

Peter Hersom

1

7873

Pottsboro

Samuel Kurtin

1

7426

Farmersville

Brian Chapman

2

2775

Orange

Edwin McIntyre

1

8273

Frisco

Shenna Lawless

3

7843

Duncanville

Ricky Williams Sr.

1

9167

Princeton

Jason Ash

3

8913

Lancaster

Kenneth McDaniel

2

4820

Port Neches

Jorg Kitchen

3

8785

Mesquite

Gary Burnett

3

1406

Dallas

Reggie Williams

4

8905

Cypress

Joshua Wilcox

4

8790

Houston

Michael Flanagan

5

7110

New Braunfels

Martin Monceballez

4

10462

Houston

Billy Wilkinson

5

8315

Schertz

Henry Conway

5

2933

Dripping Springs

Jerry Martin

5

8456

Geronimo

Darrell W Schuenemann

5

12058

Kyle

Clint Williams

5

8800

Canyon Lake

Tyrand Teel

9170

Beeville

Luis Pulido

6

12160

Sinton

Todd Richardson

6

9

1475

Amarillo

Terry Avey

10

10354

El Paso

Robert Rangel

13

688

Boerne

Andrew Camplen

12

5873

New Boston

Larry Levy

13

8569

Comfort

Kenneth Rusch

16

3903

Rosenberg

Kenneth Dillon

14

8539

Lampasas

Daniel Swanson

17

4816

Porter

John Koller

14

8577

Copperas Cove

Ronald Abrahamson

17

9182

Katy

Donald Byrne Sr.

17

1907

Normangee

Wallace Dunkin

18

6719

Raymondville

Stephen D Million

18

2410

Harlingen

Narciso Villela III

20

9186

San Antonio

Nathan Zuniga

20

8541

San Antonio

William Smith

20

7108

San Antonio

John Maines

20

9174

San Antonio

Juan Martinez Jr.

21

2933

Mineral Wells

James Bransom

20

12041

Lytle

Larry Sanders

21

4746

Weatherford

Patrick Clark

20

12171

San Antonio

Lee Rivas

21

8911

Fort Worth

Yolanda S Lacey

21

6111

Arlington

Manuel Leal III

21

9190

Haltom City

Phil Henson

21

10454

Grapevine

Joseph Campbell

21

9299

Alvarado

Hubert Davis Jr.

21

12152

Cleburne

Monica Donahoe

21

10429

Benbrook

Paul Sights

28

4443

Austin

Joseph Touchet

24

4146

Victoria

Andy Rosalez

29

4694

Mexia

Breck Lamar

29

5872

Fairfield

Roger Brooke

30

4376

Seven Points

William Fuzi

30

7103

Athens

Eric Davis

Find out how to qualify for All-State Post and All-State District levels at: www.texasvfw.org/sop-training-materials

ALL-STATE See the Awards Photos and download your favorites free of charge HERE.

Districts

District

Division

Commander

13

4

Andrew Camplen

29

5

Christopher Davis

30

5

William Fuzi

Find out how to qualify for All-State

5 2 Greg Brannan District and All-State Post levels at: www.texasvfw.org/sop-training-materials 3 3 James E Briggs 2 5 Robert LaFleur 6 3 Todd T Richardson

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S N A P S H OT

$6,154 in financial assistance for 5 veteran households including 10 dependents (2nd Quarter 2021)

TEXAS VFW

FOUNDATION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dan West resigned as Executive Director, effective June 19, 2021, to accept a position at the National Veterans of Foreign Wars as the Assistant Adjutant General. We thank him for his relentless pursuit of funding and ways to improve the Foundation’s ability to assist Texas veterans. He will truly be missed, but we congratulate him and wish him the best in this new role to continue his advocacy for veterans.

Congratulations Beth West!

The Board of Directors appointed Beth West as Executive Director following Dan West’s resignation. She was currently serving as the Manager of the Texas VFW Foundation. Paul Melton, the President of the Board of Directors, stated “the Texas VFW Foundation is in great hands. Beth is a great leader and steward of the Foundation and will take it to new heights of excellence. The Board looks forward to working with Beth in the years ahead as we continue to assist Texas veterans and their families.” The Texas VFW Foundation received a grant of $500,000 from the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance for the period July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families. To apply for financial assistance, please visit: https://texasvfw.org/foundation.

“The Veterans Assistance Program is very important. There are many veterans who experience hardships after the military. While coming back into the civilian sector, there are many transitions that must take effect and many families don’t make it out of this transition as a solid unit. It’s important for us to assist each other during that transition and through those hardships so that we can become healthy, functioning civilians. We don’t want to lose one of our brothers or sisters due to depression or suicide that may be brought on because of these challenges. Thank you so much for assisting me and my family unit. I look forward to being of service to my fellow brothers and sisters once my situation has stabilized and I’m able to do so.” — Chrystal S., U.S. Navy Veteran

T H A N K YO U

To Madam Department President, Karen Kaylor, for choosing the Veterans’ Assistance Program this year as her Special Project. We are honored to be chosen and look forward to working with Auxiliaries to raise the funds needed to support Texas veterans when they need it the most. We could not survive snow storms and pandemics without support from our Posts, District, and Auxiliaries. Thank you to all who share Bingo funds, hold fundraisers, and “pass the hat” to continue to support this program, we salute you!

U P CO M I N G E V E N T S

Support your local Homeless Veteran Standdowns! If you need additional information on one in your area, please email foundation@texasvfw.org.

The Texas VFW Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) Public Charity. The Veterans’ Assistance Program is available to any Texas veteran with an honorable discharge, widow or immediate family member thereof, regardless of where or what time they served. Your charitable contribution could be tax deductible. Talk to your tax professional about how contributions to the Texas VFW Foundation could help.

PLEASE MAIL DONATIONS TO TEXAS VFW FOUNDATION, P.O. BOX 14468, AUSTIN, TX 78761. DONATE/PAYPAL LINK IS ON TEXASVFW.ORG/FOUNDATION

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By Bill Hight, VFW Post 8554 Commander

Post 8554 raises Funds for Mason County Tragedy IN FEBRUARY OF 2021, Mason County lost their heirloom courthouse built in 1909 as a result of an arsonist, who allegedly was upset with the determination of the court to refuse him custody of his children. The irony of the whole story is that this was the second courthouse of Mason County to be burned by an arsonist. Fortunately, due to a pending renovation the building was empty except for historic furnishings. Mason County was established as a Texas County in 1851 containing two factions of residents. Those to the east and south were German immigrants who came there in about 1848, and the north and west portions were settled by Anglos. The burning of the original courthouse was due to the warfare nature of events between the two factions over cattle theft and intrusion of grazing on ranges west of Mason. This was known as the Hoo Doo War. The second courthouse was torn down because it had no indoor plumbing and lacked other requirements needed for a county courthouse.

Mason is in the process of rebuilding the historic courthouse that was destroyed by fire on the night of February 4, 2021. The County cannot afford to rebuild the courthouse on its own and needs much public support in the way of funding. When the 1909 courthouse was constructed, the cost to build the facility was close to $40,000. The projected cost to rebuild the courthouse today is $20,000,000. The Mason VFW Post 8554 operated a booth during Round-Up Days, July 10, 2021, for the purpose of funding a new “Old Courthouse,” — hopefully, identical to the last one destroyed by fire. Our Post is accepting outside donations which are tax deductible. The Post is a 501(c)(19) so please tag donations to “Courthouse funding” and mail to VFW Post 8554, P.O. Box 164, Mason, TX, 76856.

Officers from VFW 8554 Post in Mason, Texas. L-R: Earl Koch, Trustee; Eli Castillo, Quartermaster; Bill Hight, Commander; Chris Terry; Al Herrington, Trustee; Chris Dyer, Service Officer; and Stephen Kruso, Jr. Vice Commander.

Photo by Jeff Surst

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RANDALL JOHNSTON

Candidate for Department of Texas Surgeon 2022-2023 JOHNSTON RANDALL

Candidate for Department of Texas Surgeon 2022-2023

Gold Legacy Member of Post 4376 Seven Points District 30 Prior Department V.A.V.S. Representative North Texas Health Care System (Dallas) for three years. Deputy Representative four years with over 1200 volunteer hours.2013 to 2020.

Gold Legacy Member of Post Seven Points District 30 3. All American District District Commander three times for4376 District 30 and once for District Commander twice. All V.A.V.S. State District and Post Commander twice. Prior Department Representative North Texas Health Care System (Dallas) for three

years. Deputy Representative four Garland years with overPost 1200 volunteer hours.2013 2020. Post Commander nine times. Post 5076 twice 4376 Seven Points seventotimes

District Commander three times in forthe District 30Corps and once fortoDistrict 3. All American1966 District I earned my VFW eligibility serving Marine 1966 1969 and in Vietnam Commander twice. Allinclude State District and Defense, Post Commander to 1968. Medals received National Vietnamtwice. Service with three bronze stars,Post Vietnam Campaign with device, Presidential UnitPost Citation, Vietnamese Crosstimes of Commander nine times. Post 5076 Garland twice 4376 Seven Points seven Gallantry, and Good Conduct ribbon. I earned my VFW eligibility serving in the Marine Corps 1966 to 1969 and in Vietnam 1966 First office heldMedals in VFWreceived was Quartermaster in Garland Post 5076 and have gone with thru the to 1968. include National Defense, Vietnam Service three bronze chairsstars, at both Post and District levels in two separate districts. Vietnam Campaign with device, Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Goodof Conduct ribbon. I am seeking theand position Department Surgeon. This position was redefined by Doc Howard a platform supporting veterans within the V. A.Post healthcare system and V. A. the Firstasoffice held inforVFW was Quartermaster in Garland 5076 and have gone thru Volunteer V.Aand within Texas has 40 community-based outpatient clinics, 18 chairsServices. at both Post District levels in two separate districts. outpatient clinics, five medical centers that are covered by six healthcare systems. I believe I am seeking the position of Department Surgeon. This position was redefined by system Doc support from the surgeon position should continue to advocate for veterans within this Howard as a of platform for supporting veterans within the V. A. healthcare system and V. A. and the obtaining volunteers. Volunteer Services. V.A within Texas has 40 community-based outpatient clinics, 18 I have the experience, ability, and knowledge to continue working toward that goal. outpatient clinics, five medical centers that are covered by six healthcare systems. I believe I am currently retired have position the time should and ambition necessary to serve in this position. support from theand surgeon continue to advocate for veterans within this system and the obtaining of volunteers. I am happily married to Peggy for 21 years now and we have 5 grown children between us with I15have grandchildren. the experience, ability, and knowledge to continue working toward that goal. I am currently and higher have the time and ambition I would pledge not toretired seek any Department office. necessary to serve in this position. I am happily 192 married Peggy 21 years now and we have 5 grown children between us Randall Johnston, Oak to Hills, Dr.for Mabank, TX 75156 with 15 grandchildren. 903-910-9561 | randalljohnston@earthlink.net I would pledge not to seek any higher Department office. Randall Johnston, 192 Oak Hills, Dr. Mabank, TX 75156 903-910-9561

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By Mitch Fuller

OFFICER TRAINING SEMINAR (OTS) July 15-17, 2021 Renaissance Austin Hotel OVER 250 TEXAS VFW LEADERS participated in the training sessions held over three days. The day prior to the start of OTS the Budget and Finance Committee met at the hotel and State Commander Norman Macey and State Adjutant/Quartermaster Dan West conducted a Leadership Workshop for the 2021-22 Council of Administration (COA) and Committee Chairs. The COA also met on July 15 for the first of its regularly scheduled meetings for the 2021-22 year. The agenda for the training sessions included: Opening Remarks from State Commander Macey; Membership, Recruiting, and Retention; Legislative and Public Affairs Update; VFW Programs and SOP; State Commander’s All-State Program; and Post Operations,

OTS PHOTO GALLERY CLICK HERE

which included an extensive block of instructions on the duties of the Post Quartermaster. Both of the Texas VFW Service Officers were present throughout OTS to assist Comrades with their VA claims and the Texas VFW Store was also operational during OTS. A broad array of Texas VFWbranded merchandise, including new shirts for the 2021-22 year, were available for purchase. The hotel provided a large hospitality room for great camaraderie and lunch was provided by the hotel was included in OTS registration for two of the three days. The 2021 OTS served as a great catalyst for the start of the 2021-22 year.

Photos by Wyonda Laurence

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Texas VFW Post 4008, Belton During the downtown Belton 4th of July celebration, Henry T Waskow Post 4008, created a float for the parade. Comrades, along with members of the Auxiliary, rode along to show support to our hometown heroes as well as Post member Don Fisher, a WWII veteran (pictured left).

Texas VFW Post 8315, Schertz Members do it up right for the 4th of July Parade. Represent!

2021-22 Honor Guard

appointed by Norman Macey. L-R: James Masters, Micaela Reyes-Perez, Kelly M. Glass, Willie E. Keller, Jr. and John P. Rodriguez

CINDYUNERFUSSER UNERFUSSER CINDY TEXAS Texas VFW VFW State STATE SURGEON Surgeon 2022-2023 2022-23

DISTRICT • • •

Community Affiliations: • • • •

Texas VFW Post 12178, Weslaco holds a ceremony for the

appreciation of Women in the Military.

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• RAKE: Resources, Awareness, Knowledge and Empowerment

Service Officer (4 times) Surgeon (3 times) Hospital (2 times)

CDCE (Formerly VAVS) Rep for Bonham VA Board member, Sherman Outpatient Clinic Volunteer Coordinator, MVPN, Fannin, Grayson & Cooke County VISN 17/Texas Women Veteran Collaborative 2021 Nomination, Department of VA Advisory Committee on Women Veteran


By Mitch Fuller

122nd VFW National Convention Update THE 122ND VFW NATIONAL CONVENTION was held in Kansas City, Missouri, from July 31-August 3, 2021. The Department of Texas VFW was well represented in Kansas City by State Commander Norman Macey, all other line officers and dozens of leaders throughout the Department of Texas.

IX (Discipline). Two new VPRs were added to the Commemorative Tribute Calendar effective September 1, 2021: October 23—Beirut Bombing and March 29—National Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day. Several Resolutions were also approved by Convention delegates in three categories: Finance and Internal Organization (one of two approved), National Security and Foreign Affairs (15 of 20 approved), and Veterans Service (37 of 42 approved).

With a theme of “The Time is Now!” Chief Milhelcic’s acceptance speech emphasized community service and involvement. “Yes our membership numbers are important, but we firmly believe that if we increase our service, increase our community involvement, and partner with other organizations, potential members will be knocking on our doors to join us,” Mihelcic stated. He also said, “Today’s warriors are not content with sitting in meetings or standing next to a bar complaining. They are doers! Give then something to do, be an active part of your community!”

Highlights of Resolutions passed by Convention Delegates include Resolution 407 (Urging Congress to pass legislation for Concurrent Receipt of Military Retirement Pay and VA Disability Compensation), Resolution 610 (Support of Federally Funded Research of Medical Cannabis for Veterans treated by VA), Resolution 613 (Extending Gulf War Presumptions Beyond 2021 and to Afghanistan Veterans), and Resolution 618 (Presumption of Service Connection for Toxic Exposures).

The National Convention also produced changes to the VFW National By-Laws, Manual of Procedure, and Ritual, including Article

Texas VFW All American Department, District and Post Commanders were recognized at the National Convention.

Dick Shawver is recognized as an All-American Department Commander for 2020-21 by outgoing 2020-21 VFW National Commander-in-Chief Hal Roesch.

2021-22 State Commander Norman Macey.

Katie Baillio, All-American District Commander, and Shenna Lawless, All-American Post Commander, proudly represent Texas.

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Members gather for a District-wide Operation Iraqi Freedom Remembrance ceremony. There’s a place for you at the Texas VFW. Join our family through membership or Auxiliary.

MISSION: TO SUPPORT THOSE WHO HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR

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THIS COUNTRY—ALL VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

LOBBYING FOR VETERANS & MILITARY

FUNDING COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF

SUPPORTING YOUTH GROUPS

SUPPORTING MEMORIALS

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERISM

PROMOTING PATRIOTISM

ASSISTING VETERANS WITH EARNED ENTITLEMENTS

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THE DEPARTMENT OF TEXAS VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Please fill out the VFW Membership Application below and mail in, or sign up online at www.texasvfw.org > Home > Membership. Name:____________________________________________________________________Email:_ ____________________________________________ First Middle Last Suffix (Jr., Sr., etc) Address:_ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City:_________________________________________________________State:_______________________Zip:_________________________________ Phone:_______________________________________________________Date of Birth: (MM/DD/YY)_ ___________________________________________ Military Service: p Air Force p Army p Coast Guard p Marines p Navy Current Status: p Active Duty p Veteran p National Guard/Reserve I served in: p Pre-World War II p World War II p WWII Occupation p 1945-55 (Europe, Korea, Japan) p 1945-90 (Berlin)

p Korean War 1950-54 p Desert Storm/Shield p Korea 1955 p Bosnia/Kosovo 1995 p Vietnam 1958-75 p Global War on Terrorism — p Expeditionary Operations Expeditionary 2001 1958-2003 (Thailand, Grenada, Libya, Panama, Haiti, Somalia, etc.)

p Afghanistan 2001 p Iraq 2003

Qualified recipient of: p Imminent Danger/Hostile Fire Pay p SSBN Nuclear Deterrent Patrol* *Period Covered:______________________________________________________(Required for applicants with no other reported qualifying service.) I would like to join the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars as a(n): p Annual Member p Life Member p Life 12 Mo. Install* ($45 Initial payment)

LIFE MEMBERSHIP FEE SCHEDULE AGE as of December 31st

One-Time Payment

Initial Payment

11 Payments of

Through Age 30

$425.00

$45.00

$38.64

31-40

$410.00

$45.00

$37.27

41-50

$375.00

$45.00

$34.09

51-60

$335.00

$45.00

$30.45

61-70

$290.00

$45.00

$26.36

71-80

$225.00

$45.00

$20.45

81 and over

$170.00

$45.00

$15.45

Automatic Payment Plan Terms and Conditions: You authorize the VFW to initiate electronic debit entries or affect a charge by any other commercially accepted practice to your account set forth above for the payment of dues reflected on this application. You understand such charges may be made within 2-3 business days of payment due date. For installment payments, charges will be made on or around the 1st or 15th day of the month. This authorization will remain in full force until VFW has received notification from you of its termination or upon completion of the installment payments. Annual dues are subject to change. By completing this authorization, you acknowledge that you will only receive notice when the payment would differ by more than $10.00 from the most recent payment. Call VFW Customer Service at 1-800-963-3180 or write to VFW at: VFW, P.O. Box 119028, Kansas City, MO 64171 to inquire about or cancel a payment, or to report problems such as bank closures, lost or stolen account numbers, closed accounts, or unauthorized transactions. Cancellation requests must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Time ten business days prior to the scheduled payment date. If you are unaware of the charge date for your account, please contact VFW. If a payment is returned by your financial institution (e.g., due to insufficient funds, incorrect account information, closed account, etc.) The VFW will contact you at the address we have on file for you, explaining why the payment could not be processed, and providing alternative payment options. The privilege of making payments under this agreement may be revoked by VFW if any item is not paid upon presentation. You may have additional rights and responsibilities under the Electronic Funds Transfer Act. Life Membership Installment Plan Terms and Conditions: The VFW Membership Installment Plan allows any VFW member/applicant to purchase a Life Membership by making an initial payment of $45.00 and (11) monthly payments. The member will be issued an Annual membership card at the time of enrollment. The member may elect to receive a monthly statement by mail or may set up a payment profile to make the monthly payment automatically using a credit/debit card or bank account. A payoff amount will be printed on each monthly invoice, allowing the member the option to pay in full. A permanent Life Membership card will be issued upon the completion of payments. The Life Membership fee is determined from the schedule using the applicant’s age on December 31 of the year in which the application is submitted. Delinquencies will be handled as follows: Up to 30 days – continue to bill; 31 to 120 days – delinquency can be corrected through make up payment(s) or plan end date pushed forward; More than 120 days – member is dropped from the Installment Plan, all monthly payments made to date, are applied to future years annual dues.

I attest by forwarding this application that I am a citizen of the United States, that I qualify for the VFW and that my Campaign Service was honorable, and that I have never been discharged under other than honorable conditions or I am still serving honorably in the armed forces of the United States of America. I further give authority to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States to verify my entitlement to membership in the VFW and that if no proof can be found or provided that I am subject to discharge from the VFW without refund. Signature:______________________________________________________Date:__________________________________ Amount $:____________________________ Include membership payment by check or money order (DO NOT SEND CASH) or pay by credit card: p Mastercard p Visa p Discover p American Express Credit Card Number: ________________________________________________________

Exp. Date: _____ _____ / _____ _____

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TEXAS VFW POST 1406, DALLAS Post 1406 hosts a project called Operation Tiny House on the Post grounds in Dallas, Texas, on May 6, 2021. Pictured are Past State Commander Shawver; Post 1406 Adjunct, Kennard Bowen; Operations Tiny House Director, Ms. Valerie Ballard; State Surgeon, Jerry Greene; and VFW Post 1406 Commander, Reggie Williams.